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CfP: PILAS Annual Conference 2017 “Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”

PILAS Annual Conference 2017

“Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”

26 and 27 June 2017 at The University of Leeds, UK

Call for Papers and Panels

The deadline for proposals submission is 1 April 2017 (papers and panels). [Updated: 2/3/17]

Latin America is one of the world regions in which borders are malleable or fragile, yet resistant. As its nations seek to establish and assert themselves on a continental and global stage, challenging, and being challenged by, outside influences, historical, political, geographic and economic fault lines often appear to check progress and modernization. One only has to think of Brazil, which recently hosted a truly global mega-event, with its citizens being keen to present their best face to a watching world after years of economic progress. However, this center stage international performance threatened to be undermined by the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and worries over the Zika virus. This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore the discontinuities and resistance in Latin America from a critical perspective.

The Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Committee invites postgraduate researchers and junior academics from the arts, humanities and social sciences fields to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America.

PILAS Annual Conference 2017 will be held at the University of Leeds on the 26 and 27 of June 2017. The Conference is free to attend and will include keynote speakers, a masterclass and engaging social activities.

Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó (University of Oxford), Professor Julio Ortega (Brown University), Professor Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) and journalist Patricia Simón (Professional Women in Media Spanish Association Prize Winner) have already confirmed their attendance. 

A roundtable discussion held by the Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies will be attended by Dr Thea Pitman (contemporary Latin American cultural production, especially digital culture), Professor Stephanie Dennison (Brazilian film culture and the broader context of World Cinema), Professor Richard Cleminson (Labour movements, medicine and sexuality in Argentina), Dr Paul Melo e Castro (Lusophone literature, film and visual culture), and Dr Rebecca Jarman (eco-catastrophe and protest in contemporary Latin American film and literature).

The theme of the conference is “Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”.

We welcome proposals from all fields for this interdisciplinary event. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.
  2. Gender and Sexuality.
  3. Political Activism, Conflict, and Violence.
  4. Nationhood and National Identities.
  5. Migration, Geographical and Cultural Borders Studies.
  6. Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Polemics.
  7. Literary and Cultural Criticism.
  8. Literature, Culture, and Translation.
  9. Economic Policies and Economic Inequalities.
  10. Communication and (Digital) Media.
  11. Climate Change and Environmental Crisis.

The conference will consist mainly of traditional panels of 90 minutes, allowing for three papers of 20-minute each, followed by a 30-minutes Q&A. Papers will be presented preferably in English, although presentations in Spanish and Portuguese will be also considered. Panels proposals should allow three papers of 20 minutes each or four papers of 15 minutes each.

Paper proposals should include: (deadline:  1 April 2017) [Updated: 2/3/17]

  • Name of the author/s and institution/s.
  • Short academic biography of the author/s.
  • Title of the proposed paper.
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words).

Panel proposals should include: (deadline:  1 April 2017)

  • Title of the proposed panel.
  • Short description of the panel’s theme, (max. 250 words).
  • Name and Institution of the Chair and/or Discussant.
  • Name of the authors of the papers and their institutions.
  • Short academic biography of the authors (max. 250 words).

In case of any doubt, you can contact us at    

Download printable pdf version of this call for papers and panels. 

Accepted papers and panels will be announced before the 1st of May 2017.

PILAS offers a limited number of accommodation grants for accepted delegates attending our Annual Conference 2017. Single ensuite rooms for 3 nights and breakfast will be provided by PILAS Committee at Storm Jameson Court, University of Leeds. Apply here for PILAS Conference Accommodation Grants.

PILAS Annual Conference 2017 has the support of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), The School of Languages, Cultures & Societies of the University of Leeds, the Bulletin of Latin American Research, the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), Leeds City Council, The Instituto Cervantes, Liverpool University Press, Readex – Thompson Henry, The Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, The Centre for the History of Ibero-America (CHIA), The Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies  (HLCS) and the research group ‘Ideas and Identities in the Atlantic World’.